Advocacy and Activism

The member clubs of CFUW are encouraged  to use their expertise to bring about change, with particular reference to women’s issues such as violence against women, early learning and child care, education, economic prosperity and the empowerment of women as leaders and decision-makers.  At the provincial level,  BC Council connects clubs across the province.  At the national level, the federation provides resources and support to its members to carry out this work at the local and provincial levels but also at the national level.  CFUW also works on a global level for the adoption and implementation of international agreements that will protect all women and girls.

Resolutions desired to become the policies advanced by the respective clubs have their first start at the local club level.  Once formulated there, the resolutions are presented and debated locally, then possibly provincially or nationally.   Where advanced at the provincial level, the resolutions are debated and voted on at the annual AGM of CFUW BC Council.  Where advanced at the national level, they are debated and voted on at CFUW’s AGM.  If adopted, the resolutions become the policies which are advanced to various levels of government.  At the national level, CFUW advocates and lobbies the appropriate ministry or department in accordance with these policies.  At the provincial level, this can be done by the regional organization, CFUW BC Council or by the clubs active in BC.  The individual clubs engage with local and provincial issues.

Bev Weidman, CFUW Vernon, written in recognition of and support for IWD 2024

International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women around the world, both individually and corporately, in all areas of society.  We are reminded of the difficulties and obstacles that women have faced in the pursuit of gender equality in the past, and the challenges that still exist today.  As well, we look into the future with hope for a time when women will attain equal participation with men in society for the betterment of all.  For most of history, women were denied the power to participate in … 

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The Recurring Theme of Working to end Gender Based Violence

Wondering what you can do to help end gender-based violence?  Here are some suggestions!

Current Policy Initiatives by CFUW BC Council

2.  Restore and Preserve British Columbia’s Peatlands. By club:  CFUW North Delta / Surrey

2023 Policy Initiatives of CFUW

CFUW’s vision is of a strong national organization working to ensure that all girls and women have equal opportunities and equal access to quality education within a peaceful and secure environment where their human rights are respected.

 Our vision includes a world where poverty is reduced, discrimination eliminated, where there are equal opportunities for leadership, employment, income, education, careers and the ability to maximize potential.

Below are more specific examples of the mission and vision of CFUW, as set out in it’s website at

2. Towards a Comprehensive Maternal Death Prevention Strategy

Past Advocacy Initiatives of CFUW Vernon

16 Days of Activism

November is a time for remembrance and so we wear poppies, lest we forget those brave souls who fought for the many freedoms we enjoy. However November is also a time for bringing awareness and positive action to the plight of those who suffer. And so it is that at this time, internationally, we act in support of the UN initiative of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, held annually from November 25 to December 10.

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Breaking barriers

“Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” is the theme the United Nations chose this year for International Women’s Day on March 8. The UN has determined that the implications of climate change are far more drastic in developing countries than in developed countries; and often it is women who bear the brunt of climate induced natural disasters, such as drought, floods and heat, as they desperately try to feed and protect their children.

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Be an Agent for Change

Women have suffered from gender-based violence for countless generations and the situation is still rampant today. Reports from help lines and police reveal that it has worsened under pandemic conditions. Gender-based violence (GBV) comes in many forms, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship abuse and sexual harassment. Reasons for the continuing abuse include society turning a blind eye to it; excusing it as a “women’s” issue; a tyranny of misogyny, threats, and power moves by perpetrators over women who...

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International Women’s Day 2021

For over 100 years, March 8, International Women’s Day, has served to celebrate the advancement of rights for women and girls and their achievements and successes, as well as being a call to continued action to address the still ongoing imbalance of gender equality in the home, educational institutions, workplace, and halls of power. The theme assigned by the United Nations for 2021 is Women in Leadership: achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world, while that on the IWD...

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International Womens Day – 2019

The idea of a day to promote women’s issues originated with the Socialist movement in the early 20th century in New York. In1910, the International Socialist Women’s Conference approved a proposal to designate March 8th as a day to honour working women and to promote equal rights and female suffrage. In 1917, the USSR instituted female suffrage and March 8th became a national holiday there. But, until the feminist movement formed in the 1960s, International Working Women’s Day, also known...

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